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Old 07-31-14, 11:07 PM
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Bianchi ID and price verification

Hi everyone.

I've been thinking of picking up this Bianchi and wanted to get some opinions if it is a Reparto Corse. From the tubing type it seems to be a Columbus EL frame. I've been following some of the post about the Bianchi ownership change in the 90s which might muddy things for this model. Seller says it is 93/94

Also it is listed at $900 which seems a bit steep. Would appreciate any feedback.

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Old 07-31-14, 11:22 PM
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From what I understand pretty much everything is changed from the original. I think only the frame is original which is what I'm after for a new build.
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Old 08-01-14, 04:46 AM
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Do rims match? Kind of hard to tell. It needs to be perfect. Components do not all match either.... Ugly fork (for that price range).

93/94 DA would be 8 speed STI.

I wouldn't pay it, but its outside my budget limit.
Unfortunately that basic unicrown was Bianchis standard fork of the day.

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From what I understand pretty much everything is changed from the original. I think only the frame is original which is what I'm after for a new build.
Everything is changed from what original? A real Reparto Corse frame came as a F/F and at different times (esp '92-04ish) Bianchi would offer a variety of 'kits', just like Gita, 10spd Drive and countless other importers. It is always possible that the frame was purchased and the customer simply added their old DA group.

I do agree $900 seems like a lot for this. It might be interesting to know if it is 7 or 8 spd I am thinking 7 but something looks funky with the cassette.

It is very clean and looks like a good solid bike. I never had the chance to ride on but I would imagine that EL rides like a dream. Maybe closer to $500
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I like the looks of the frame, but I wonder if an EL of that size would be a bit flexy (depending of course on your size). If it were me, I'd probably be looking for an EL-OS instead, but that's because I'm a husky fella (and would be on a frame a size or two up). Those brake levers are very recent (like they've only been made in the last 3-4 years), inexpensive, Origin8 models, and I'm not sure the brown goes with the look. Not that I'm saying there's anything wrong with them as I have a pair that's going on a vintage mtb that I'm converting to a drop-bar commuter, but I don't know if I'd be happy wth them on a road bike I spent nearly a grand on. Easy change though. And I could be completely wrong about the flex thing. Something to look for if you take it for a test ride.
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Old 08-01-14, 07:55 AM
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Originally Posted by himespau View Post
I like the looks of the frame, but I wonder if an EL of that size would be a bit flexy (depending of course on your size). If it were me, I'd probably be looking for an EL-OS instead, but that's because I'm a husky fella (and would be on a frame a size or two up). Those brake levers are very recent (like they've only been made in the last 3-4 years), inexpensive, Origin8 models, and I'm not sure the brown goes with the look. Not that I'm saying there's anything wrong with them as I have a pair that's going on a vintage mtb that I'm converting to a drop-bar commuter, but I don't know if I'd be happy wth them on a road bike I spent nearly a grand on. Easy change though. And I could be completely wrong about the flex thing. Something to look for if you take it for a test ride.
Interesting thought. I suspect that is why a lot companies went with the EL-OS in later years. Personally I wish MiniMAX had stayed around a bit longer, that was likely a great frame with something for everyone.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Everything is changed from what original? A real Reparto Corse frame came as a F/F and at different times (esp '92-04ish) Bianchi would offer a variety of 'kits', just like Gita, 10spd Drive and countless other importers. It is always possible that the frame was purchased and the customer simply added their old DA group.
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Those brake levers are very recent (like they've only been made in the last 3-4 years), inexpensive, Origin8 models, and I'm not sure the brown goes with the look.
Current setup has Suntour Superbe Pro cranks, brakes calipers, and front derailleur, Dura Ace rear derailleur, 13-23 Dura Ace cassette, and brake levers. Chris King headset, MKS pedals, KMC 8.99 chain, Selle Italia SLR saddle, new Michelin tires(700x23). It is a bit of a mixed bag but let me know what you think a reasonable price would be. What would you think is a reasonable price for the frame only?

I'm little over 5'-9" and around 190lbs so I think it should be a decent fit. Ideally I'd like to get a Reparto Corse EL/OS (Celeste would be even better) but... not that easy to come by...
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I put in my earlier post I think around $500. It looks like a clean well cared for frame and the components, while mixed and maybe a little long in the tooth are good quality. Those old Superbee brakes will look good and last forever, although the blocks should be changed, and most anyone here would agree that crankset is among the best looking ever made.

Your basically buying a nice used frame and a decent used mixed 'kit'.
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Old 08-01-14, 01:46 PM
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Thanks all for the feedback. Will see if I can get a good price on this.
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